Traveling Where the Oscars Take You

It’s that time of year again when Hollywood is preparing for the most star-studded night. February 26 marks this year’s Oscars, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The nominees for Best Picture include some wonderful films. Among them: the harrowing drama Manchester by the Sea, whimsical musical La La Land and World War II epic Hacksaw Ridge, and the wildly emotional drama of love, lost and found in Lion. In line with the Oscars and the places they were filmed here are four destinations ideas inspired by the Big Night. Read more »

Special Moments in Exotic Places


Once in a Half Century Package at Four Seasons Bora Bora

Few among up know this piece of history: 2017 marks the 50th year the overwater bungalow has been delighting vacationers at exclusive South Pacific resorts. In fact, the first overwater bungalow was open for the booking in 1967 in French Polynesia on the island of Raiatea.

Today, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers 100 overwater bungalow suites (15 with private plunge pools), ranging in size from 1,120 – 2,228 square feet (104 – 207 square meters.) Each designed with traditional thatched roofs, indigenous Polynesian artwork, modern flair and privacy in mind. And to celebrate, the resort is offering a €1,967 ($2,081) resort credit, which is applied to stays of six or more consecutive nights, and can be used by guests on resort charges such as dining, activities and spa experiences. Read more »

Are You Booking the Best Hotels?

The Langham, Chicago

U.S. News & World Report recently released its rankings for the 2017 Best Hotels worldwide. The survey evaluates more than 3,000 luxury hotels across the USA, the Caribbean (now including Havana, Cuba), Canada and Mexico. Read more »

New Resort in Mexico on Mayan Coast: Chablé

One of the newest resorts to open on the Yucatan Peninsula may also be one of the most intriguing. Chablé Resort, located some 25 miles from Merida, comes as a welcome segue from many of the mass-marketed golf and family resorts on the Riviera Maya and the quaint, but less sophisticated, boutique properties scattered about the coastal by-ways of the Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico. Rather, Chablé puts 40 ultra deluxe villas and spreads them upon 750 acres of Mayan forest to create a private retreat that not only takes guests back in time, it slows it down to a long slow draw.   READ MORE …

The New Traveler of the High Seas: Solo Cruisers

While Valentine’s Day may put a spotlight on couples this week, there’s another great relationship on the horizon – the one you have with yourself. Solo travelers are in focus as well this month for the cruise industry. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, is celebrating the season of love by highlighting tips and benefits for travelers interested in going solo to discover a special inner peace and a new love of cruising.

From pricing discounts to specially tailored cruises, to events and activities designed specifically for singles, a variety of cruise lines offer benefits, rewards, and exclusive programs for solo cruisers. In an effort to welcome solo travelers, many cruise lines waiving the typical single supplement or offering single studio staterooms. Read more »

Top Luxury Travel Trends for 2017

Travel Leaders Group recently released its top luxury travel trends for 2017 and found that European river cruises took the lead as the top international luxury “destination” outside North America that is being booked among its most affluent travelers. Italy, Mediterranean cruises, Australia and France are also among the top five luxury destinations, while Cuba is now among the top 15 overall. Read more »

Cruise Crunching: Who’s Cruising and Why

 

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the Cruise Travel Report, a revealing look at the attitudes, behaviors and travel preferences of cruisers and non-cruisers. A key highlight of the study defines a new “Cruise Generation,” outlining the growing number of Millennials and Generation Y travelers embracing this form of travel.

It turns out that this generation rates cruise travel as the best type of vacation compared to land-based vacations, all-inclusive resorts, tours, vacation house rentals, and camping and 90 percent that have experienced cruise travel say they will continue to cruise. The results of the report also indicate that cruising is experiencing a rejuvenation as Millennials and Generation X are becoming enthusiast cruisers and the “Cruise Generation” is adopting the cruising lifestyle.

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